Thursday, August 18, 2011

Iowa State Dinner

Grilled Pork Chops on a Stick, brined with a dry rub
Salad on a Stick
Grilled corn on the cob
Dutch Letters

The Iowa State Fair is the largest event in the state and is known as "America's Classic State Fair." It was the inspiration behind a novel, three motion pictures and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway musical, "State Fair."

Iowa is the number one pork producing state in the U.S. The Iowa Pork Producers Association serves up over 6,000 pork chops on a stick each day during the state fair. In order to expand healthier options, vendors at the fair started serving salad on a stick.

Iowa alone produces more corn each year that most other countries in the world. It has produced the largest corn crop of any state for the past 14 years. Most of it is used as animal feed.

Dutch letters are traditionally made into an "S"-shape but any letter can be formed. I made one for each kid in the shape of the first letter of their name as well as some "S"-shaped ones. These treats are popular during Christmas time and can be found in many bakeries.

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